Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Raw Mashed "Taters" and Gravy

Today marks the halfway point in my 26-day Adventure Cleanse Tune-up! I've had that "Livin' On a Prayer" song by Bon Jovi in my head all day ... "oh, we're halfway the-ere! oo-ooh, livin' on a pray-er!"

Only 13 days of raw lunches left, and though I'm more than ready to bring bread and processed foods (how I miss you, vegan sausage!) back into my life, I'm enjoying the raw goodness while it lasts. Today, I took comfort in this plate of Raw Mashed "Potatoes" with Mushroom Gravy:

The recipe came from Living in the Raw Gourmet by Rose Lee Calabro, and it uses cauliflower in place of actual taters. The cauliflower, along with some garlic, herbs, and olive oil, are processed in a food processor. I've tried other raw mashed cauliflower recipes before, but this one was way creamier ... much more on par with the texture of real, cooked mashed potatoes.

The mushroom gravy is made with a raw almond milk base, raw mushrooms, and some spices. I subbed button mushrooms for the shitakes in the recipe because I don't care for the taste of raw shitakes. And I also added some nooch and Marmite to the gravy for a heartier taste. I'm not sure if Marmite is raw, but it's so tasty and nutritious that I don't really care.

Though a raw dish like this can never quite fill the desire for cooked comfort foods, it comes pretty darn close.

18 comments:

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

That cauliflower mash looks amazing. I love that you're closing the gap in the raw/southern food paradox.

Vegyogini said...

Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" album, featuring "Livin' on a Prayer, was the first cassette I ever bought with my very own money! ;)

Thanks for the juicer info and congrats on being at the half-way point!

small cabin plans said...

I love the dish! It is pretty right for me since I want to get healthy this time around.

Sal said...

that looks pretty freakin good!!

Kiersten said...

Congrats on being halfway done with your cleanse. It looks like you're doing a great job! The raw mashed "potatoes" sound interesting. I like mashed cauliflower but can never seem to get mine creamy enough.

Mary said...

It sounds like this raw cleanse would be easier in the summer, when it's not frigging freezing outside. I bet you'll look and feel great when it's done!

The Shenandoah Vegan said...

Post and tell us if you're feeling any better from the cleanse.

JohnP said...

Looks great!

Breedale said...

You are doing great and I am loving all of your great recipes and ideas! I was inspired by you and have been doing a similar all raw until dinner. It is tough and the coffee thing is the worst. I am glad to see you are halfway through. Thanks for the mashed 'taters. I am going to have to try them. Keep up the good work!

eaternotarunner said...

That looks so good! I need a food processor...

Debra said...

yum!
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Mihl said...

Raw cauliflower recipes always sound very intriguing to me. And it looks beautiful!

pixiepine said...

I've been really curious about cauliflower mashes...never trie dit!

miss v said...

yum, i love cauliflower mashed pots.... although mine are usually warm. congrats on getting halfway through the cleanse!

Veggiesmack said...

I've always been leery of cauliflower "potatoes", but those look pretty darn tasty!

Carrie™ said...

I don't think I could ever do ompletely raw. Good for you for sticking to it.

Carrie™ said...

obviously, I meant "completely" in the previous reply. I was thinking about mashed potatoes and didn't notice the missing 'C' :o)

River - The Crafty Kook said...

I love that song! Wanted Dead or Alive is probably my favorite Bon Jovi song though. It's so badass!

The mashed cauliflower recipes I've tried haven't yielded very tasty results.